The spring build-up of honey bee colonies can be directly threatened by corn planting. Insecticide seed treatments used on corn seed produce an insecticidal dust when they are planted.
Since delayed planting reduces the yield potential of corn, the foremost attention should be given to management practices that will expedite crop establishment.
Many of Purdue's pheromone trapping cooperators throughout Indiana captured a significant number of black cutworm moths over the April 12-13 warm spell, just before another wave of freezing temperatures.
No surge in corn planting…yet (04/22/14)
Weekly National Grain Market Review (04/18/14)
South Carolina Grain Weekly Review (04/18/14)
Mississippi Daily Grain Report (04/18/14)
Interior Iowa Elevator Grain Prices (04/17/14)
Kentucky Daily Grain Elevators, Open Bids (04/17/14)
Montana Cash Grain Prices (04/17/14)
Grain Prices Illinois River Barge Points (04/17/14)
Kentucky Daily Barge Report (04/17/14)
Exports: Corn net sales (finally) climb (02/27/14)
Exports: Corn net sales plummet 46 percent (02/21/14)
USDA: Corn sales tumble 25% from last week (02/13/14)
WASDE: Corn prices to stay under $5 (02/10/14)
Export sales: Corn tumbles 16 percent (01/24/14)
USDA: Corn sales start 2014 steady (01/09/14)
Corn exports slowly creep higher (12/19/13)
$4.75 corn in 2014? USDA thinks so (12/10/13)
Afternoon Comments 04/23
Weather and ethanol news may have boosted corn futures Wednesday. The latest weather maps suggest persistent rainfall and returning cold over parts of the Corn Belt next week; that could delay and/or limit spring plantings. Meanwhile, the latest API report indicated strong ethanol production last week. May corn climbed 7.25 cents to $5.035/bushel as CBOT trading ended Wednesday, while December rallied 8.75 to $5.045.